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Healing Shame: The Noble Eight-Fold Path

After completing a walking session with a client who was ashamed of being estranged from her brother, Baris reflected on his own lingering shame as he headed back toward the office complex. Baris’s daughter Esma, 23, hadn’t gotten along with her father for a few years before her parents divorced. The divorce amplified their tension, […]

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Healing Shame: The 4 Noble Truths

Across 2019, I peeled back the many layers of Buddhist teaching that support mindfulness practices, and attempted to apply them to my self-care, relationships, and work. This journey has continued with earnest during 2020. Before 2019, I’d been studying and trying to practice mindfulness for several years, with mixed results. I also wrote numerous posts […]

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Storytelling and Real Pain Points

“Mrs. Cavanaugh is a good person,” Zhang Li said as the 41-year-old attorney stood before the judge. “She’s taking responsibility for her own healing. And having quality time with her children is part of that healing process.” The Hon. Maria Santos, in her late 50s with cropped, silver hair, studied Zhang Li for a moment […]

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Mindfulness and One Thing At a Time

Many professionals find slowing down and focusing on one thing to be counter-intuitive. They’ve been eating a diet of “mindless frenzies” and “getting more stuff done.” The alternative approach is mindfulness habits. Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of, and focused on, what’s taking place within and around you. It’s concentration on steroids.

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